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For the Love of Music

A closer look at Mrs Catherine Esbensen

Our talented Mrs Esbensen teaches oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and saxophone at ATC and has been a member of the Music Department ‘Dream Team’ since 1999.

Cath has seen the Music Department grow exponentially over the years and says that for her, it always comes back to the love of teaching and the interaction with a great team of staff, parents, and students.

She has been building, teaching and directing instrumental music programs since 1992 and taught classroom music in numerous Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools across Brisbane. She is a graduate of the University of QLD with a Bachelor of Music (Music Education Classroom/Instrumental Teaching and Performance), and has also studied psychology at Griffith University with a focus on neuroscience. She has undertaken all Woodwind AMEB exams.

Mrs Esbensen and the College band performing at the Opera House!

Some highlights of Cath’s time at the College include having James Morrison present a workshop for our Jazz students and give an impromptu performance! She is also very proud of achieving her goal of taking our Symphonic Winds and Jazz Orchestra to the Sydney Opera House, performing with them as part of the World Projects Tour in 2015.

Cath at right, performing in the Royal Australian Navy Band

Performing plays a big part in Catherine’s musical life. From her early days in the Sydney Youth Orchestra to performing with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, the Brisbane Big Band, and 35 years with the Royal Australian Navy Band. Some memorable highlights include performing for and meeting the Queen in Sydney and several performances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2019 she had the privilege of performing in both London and Paris.

After all this, Cath says she has never lost the joy of seeing a student’s ability and confidence grow from their first tentative notes as a Junior Band member to proudly performing on stage for their parents at one of our concerts.

Thank you Mrs Esbensen for your dedication to our students and sharing your passion for music.